the seminar called on Prophet Mohammad here on Sunday
Prof Ibrahim Khalil Abedi and Dr Shakeel Samdani who was one of
the speakers refuted, and distanced them and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB),
from the report that said Muslim scholars were considering to
invite Salaman Rushdie for a debate.
"It was just a suggestion from one of
the speakers in his individual capacity. Just one sentence in his
entire speech. There was neither any endorsement nor any further
discussion on it", Prof Abedi said while talking to ummid.com
"It's misleading to say that the
suggestion had anything to do either with the organisers of the
the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)", he said.
Dr Shakil Samdani, a professor of
law at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and one of the speakers at
the seminar also refuted the report specially his reported
statement as baseless and incorrect.
"I did not utter a single word in my
speech on the debate. What has been quoted in the report in my
name is totally baseless and untrue. My entire speech is recorded
and anyone can come and verify", he said.
A leading national English daily on
Monday quoting senior lawyer and AIMPLB member Yusuf Muchala
reported that a group of scholars, who are also members of the
powerful All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), has invited
controversial author Salman Rushdie to debate on Islam and the
Prophet s life.
The report termed it a "significant
change of position" from what it claimed as "the general Muslim
view which has opposed Rushdies visit to India ever since his
controversial novel The Satanic Verses created a storm in the
Meanwhile, Yusuf Muchala also stated
that his suggestion to invite Salman Rushdie for a debate was
personal and had nothing to do with the AIMPLB. He also said that
Rushdie's rhetoric on Islam was an offence and his proposal to
invite Rushdie for a debate was with an intention to expose him in
front of the people who treat him like a celebrity.
"Rushdie's views about Islam is not
only blasphemous but an offence under Indian Panel Code (IPC). By
inviting him to a debate, I wanted to clear the way to book him
under IPC if he reiterates his views in the country", he said
while talking to ummid.com.